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Can you use silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) for stasis ulcers?

Can you use silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) for stasis ulcers?

It is used: Although silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) is used for venous ulcers, it is rarely ever necessary. Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) actually increases the risk of infection if you don't change it and reapply it a few times a day. Antibiotic creams and ointments have been shown to have no effect on ulcer healing. The mainstay of treatment for venous ulcers is compression, walking, and treating the underlying reflux that is causing the ulcer. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Could silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) be used for stasis ulcers?

Yes: silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) is used in many types of skin ulcers and burns the silver has an antibiotic effect and can help wounds heal faster stasis ulcers are best treated with pressure dressings if the arterial circulation is not compromised. ...Read more

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What cures stasis ulcers and what makes it worse?

What cures stasis ulcers and what makes it worse?

Stasis ulcers: You need to see a clinician, preferably one that specializes in these types of wounds. So long as the diagnosis is confirmed, the treatment is always some form of compression (once the arterial tree is assessed and its safe to compress). Without compression, these wounds will not heal. ...Read more

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What is the ulcer condition called stasis?

Venous stasis ulcer: Venous insufficiency presents with varying stages. Stage1=spider veins, 2=varicose veins, 3=edema, 4a= stasis changes(brownish pigmentation), 4b=skin changes(lipodermatosclerosis, atrophie blanche), 5=healed ulcer, 6= active ulcer. With stage 6, active ulcer is the worst case , and fixing the venous insufficiency will help in healing of the ulcer along with compression, local care. ...Read more

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How can you stop itching from stasis ulcers?

How can you stop itching from stasis ulcers?

Venous Stasis Ulcer: Periwound itching can be treated with a steroid cream. But itching can be a sign of other things in patients with venous stasis disease. If you have an ulceration, you should be evaluated by a professional who is familiar with wound care. Itching may be a sign, for example, of increased drainage coming from the ulcer and/or an infectious process. ...Read more

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How do you stop the itching from stasis ulcers?

How do you stop the itching from stasis ulcers?

Treat the veins: You need to have the underlying venous insufficiency treated by a qualified physician. The itching will likely not go away until the ulcer is healed. You can try a few things such as zyrtec or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) orally. ...Read more

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What are the current therapies for stasis ulcers?

What are the current therapies for stasis ulcers?

See below: Wound should be debrided of non viable tissue, and appropriate dressing applied to optimize healing and control drainage, and compression hose. If it has been treated for some time, more advanced skin substitutes like apligraf can be used. Vascular studies performed to ensure adequate bloody supply to heal the wound, and an us to assess whether vein ablation will help. ...Read more

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Can a stasis ulcer recur after treatment?

Yes: Yes. If the underlying venous insufficiency was not addressed then a recurrence will occur. Another reason is non-compliance with the use of compression socks/wraps. ...Read more

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